A Journey with Parkinson’s
Hi! I would like to introduce you to my Aunt Connie who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on February 06, 2006. Parkinson’s is a disease of the nervous system that slowly takes away the ability to walk, talk, eat or perform any of the daily personal tasks that we are used to doing on our own. It leaves her absolutely drained of energy and causes havoc on her ability to sleep. The tremors and painful muscles are the things that drag her down.
When she was diagnosed, she asked the specialist what her future would look like and was told, “Be glad for the good years that you have had. In ten years you will likely be in a wheelchair.” She was only 42 years old at the time; active, healthy, hardly ever even had a cold!
There is no known cure for Parkinson’s and the medication used here in Canada is very addictive, expensive, and ultimately only serves to mask some of the symptoms for a while. These medications need to be steadily increased to continue to have an effect and even at that she will continue to digress to the point of needing complete personal care. In Connie’s case, the disease had been relatively stable considering the time she had been struggling with this, but in the last few years the disease seemed to be progressing at a faster rate, the pain was getting worse, and sleep was getting less. Eventually she had to quit her job as an Educational Assistant.
For these reasons and with the advice of health care professionals, both conventional and natural, Connie and her husband Jake have tried to reduce Connie’s dependence on these drugs. By God’s grace and through their diligence in searching out alternative methods, they have actually been able to significantly slow down its progression and see improvements, which is often unheard of for this disease. There are still many difficult days for Connie, but we are so thankful for the progress that has been made.
There have been several factors that have played a role in Connie’s improvements, but one of the biggest has come from Stem Cell Therapy.
In the summer of 2014 Jake encountered a former business colleague and friend whose wife also has had Parkinson’s, disease for many years and with symptoms that are worse than Connie’s. They also have been searching for answers and solutions in how to best cope with Parkinson’s and through some strategic contacts had made contact with a Dr. in Peru who has won awards for his accomplishments in Stem Cell therapy. This Dr. performs stem cell therapy by using healthy cells from the patient’s own body, and has had much success in various types of stem cell therapy. Jake and Connie were able to meet this couple before and after the treatments in Peru and were amazed to witness first hand such improvements, in such a short time with their own eyes. Every person will respond differently, but these results appeared too significant to not consider trying this treatment themselves. After several consultations with their friends who by this time had developed a very good relationship with the Dr in Peru, they felt confident that this was the route they should take. In October 2014, Jake and Connie flew to Lima, Peru to undergo stem cell therapy with this Dr. The results from this treatment has greatly improved Connie’s quality of life over the last 3 years. Connie has generally had less pain, more energy and more clarity of mind than she has had in years. Unfortunately this treatment is not a cure and over the last 4-5 months the Parkinson’s symptoms have slowly been increasing again. Having remained in touch with their friends who have since returned to Peru for a second treatment with favorable results, Jake and Connie have also decided to return to Lima Peru for a second treatment.
As grateful as we are for the progress Connie has made in her battle against Parkinson’s, it has come at a substantial cost, $40,000 would be a conservative number. Jake and Connie also face annual expenses of approximately $5000 per year for nutritional supplements, and conventional medications to help Connie manage the effects of the disease. With Connie unable to work, the financial impact is felt that much more.
Connie would like to return to Peru for further treatments in January 4-18, 2018.
We’re asking for your help to cover the costs of dealing with this disease. Please also pray that the treatments will be effective and that God would continue to pour out His strength and stamina as she continues on this journey.
Please feel free to forward this to others who would be inclined to offer support in prayers or financially.
Organizer: Kelvin Bueckert